PH to contest all 56 seats in Johor

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Pakatan Harapan (PH) will be contesting in all 56 seats at the upcoming Johor state elections.

Speaking to reporters after PH’s presidential council meeting at the PKR headquarters today, chairman Anwar Ibrahim also said seat allocations for the polls have been finalised.

“We will be competing in all 56 seats with candidates from all three parties,” he said.

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“However, there is still room for discussion with other opposition parties, including Muda.”

When pressed further about seat allocations for Muda, the PKR president said that the matter is still undecided.

“As far as we are concerned, PH have finalised 56 (seats). We can then discuss with other opposition parties.”

Anwar added that there was also no decision made on a potential menteri besar candidate during today’s meeting.

Muda, who was officially registered as a political party last month, previously negotiated with PH to contest in the Melaka state elections on Nov 20.

However, the party’s then pro tem president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said Muda decided not to work with PH after the latter’s “insistence on putting up these frogs”, a reference to two of the four Melaka assemblymen whose defections led to the fall of the state government in October.

When asked on Warisan president Shafie Apdal’s statement earlier that the Sabah-based party only wanted to focus on itself ahead of the Johor polls after PH had mooted cooperation with all opposition parties, Anwar insisted there was still room to work together.

“It’s okay. We open the door. As opposition, we want to be united to defeat (Barisan Nasional).”

However, Anwar then went on to dismiss a proposal by Johor Bahru Bersatu deputy chief Razrul Anwar Rusli yesterday that Bersatu should get together with opposition parties in Johor in a bid to put up a united front against Barisan Nasional.

“That matter did not arise (in the meeting),” he said.

“We said we are going to work with opposition parties, is Bersatu in the opposition?”

PKR will use its own logo in the Johor state election while DAP and Amanah will contest on Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) ticket, Anwar said.

“With regard to our logo, a consensus has been achieved.

“For Keadilan (PKR), we will use Keadilan (logo) and for others, PH,” Anwar said.

This is the second time that PKR will be using its own logo in a state election after losing all the 28 seats it contested in Sarawak last month.

PKR had also lost all the 11 seats it contested in the Malacca polls last year despite using the PH logo.